New Delhi. WhatsApp has issued an alert for its users regarding the risk of leaking sensitive information. In this, WhatsApp has advised users to be careful. Along with this, some tips have also been given to keep the information safe. Actually, on the occasion of Father’s Day, people are looking for online deals to give gifts to their fathers. In such a situation, cybercriminals have also become active and are targeting WhatsApp users by giving deals.
Two such cases have come to the notice of WhatsApp, where cybercriminals have targeted WhatsApp users by luring deals. Cybercriminals have been sending two fake texts to users, purportedly offering them free beer from UK beer giant Heineken or a free Dewalt combi drill from Screwfix.
According to a report, fake messages are claiming to offer a free Dewalt combi drill from Screwfix or a beer from Heineken as part of a Father’s Day deal this weekend. However, it is a scam and aims to steal sensitive data of WhatsApp users. Once hackers obtain personal information of a WhatsApp user, it can be used for identity fraud or stealing money from their account.
As soon as the fake messages were reported, both Heineken and Screwfix confirmed that these messages were fake and asked WhatsApp users to stay away from such messages. Heineken said that we are aware of the current phishing scam running through the social network, which has not been sanctioned by Heineken. We have alerted the concerned authorities.
Similarly, Screwfix confirmed the awareness of fake messages circulating online. The company tweeted that we are aware of fake messages using the Screwfix branding via WhatsApp and other social channels.
how to spot fake messages on whatsapp
Check for typos or grammatical errors in a message. Generally, grammar mistakes are made in fax messages. Get alerted if the message makes an urgent request to send sensitive or financial data. Apart from this, if the message asks to go to an external website through a link, then check the sender of the message.
What should WhatsApp users do?
WhatsApp users are advised to delete such messages as soon as possible.
Speaking about the scam, the official Twitter handle of Screwfix advised WhatsApp users not to click on any links or share such fake messages with anyone. If you believe that you have been cheated and you have fallen into the trap of some scam, then immediately report to Action Fraud. WhatsApp also suggested reporting the message to the chat app so that WhatsApp Spam can review such messages.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 19, 2022, 13:43 IST